Definition of overweening in US English:



  • Showing excessive confidence or pride.

    ‘overweening ambition’
    • ‘People soon became disillusioned with the more hard-edged forms of modernism, and aghast at the overweening urge to control demonstrated by totalitarian regimes from the thirties to the fifties.’
    • ‘We organised races, and spurred by overweening confidence, tested the crafts' stability by standing on the seats and swaying until tipped into the cold water.’
    • ‘His best qualification for the job was his overweening ambition, nothing else.’
    • ‘It was an age of excess, of overweening ambition, of greed, and phoniness, and sucking up, and the glorification of strange, obnoxious, preening, uninteresting people.’
    • ‘The answer is clear - his overweening ambition.’
    • ‘But if she wasn't a go-getting 11-year old, she is making up for it at 29 with an overweening ambition to grow her company.’
    • ‘It is the overweening ambition of the theory to explain or explain away rational thought, including philosophy.’
    • ‘The redemption of Judas, the challenges of pusillanimous leadership and the sin of overweening arrogance are handled deftly in this timeless tale.’
    • ‘The actor conveys at the same instant the character's overweening pride, as well as an element of self-knowledge, which borders on self-disgust.’
    • ‘Elizabeth indignantly rejects him, on the grounds of his overweening pride, the part he has played in separating Jane from Bingley, and his alleged treatment of Wickham.’
    • ‘A legal system needs multiple lines of defense against miscarriages of justice, and historically the jury has had few rivals as a way of protecting defendants from overweening official power.’
    • ‘There, culture is seen as synonymous with the country's national identity, with its almost arrogant self-belief, and with an overweening pride in its own achievements.’
    • ‘Although he was an academic, he did not appear to have the arrogance and overweening sense of self-importance that some of his kind possess.’
    • ‘He stated in a haunted, whispered voice and Ikeda nearly apologized for bringing it up, but his overweening pride would not allow it.’
    • ‘For the medieval period, especially the Renaissance, is replete with examples of overweening pride in the human place in the cosmos.’
    • ‘The notion itself has an overweening hubris to it.’
    • ‘They do not look for, do not see, and do not achieve insight into their fatal flaws - arrogance, overweening pride, hypocrisy, ineptitude, and, increasingly, irrelevance.’
    • ‘To those I would add presumptuous, imperious, overweening and authoritarian.’
    • ‘Later, desiring heaven, he achieves it, only to be thrown down from there because of his overweening pride in his merit.’
    • ‘The overweening arrogance of the Supreme Court.’
    overconfident, conceited, cocksure, cocky, smug, haughty, supercilious, disdainful, lofty, patronizing, arrogant, proud, vain, vainglorious, self-important, egotistical, high-handed, magisterial, cavalier, imperious, domineering, dictatorial, overbearing, presumptuous, lordly, peremptory, pompous, officious, blustering, boastful, self-assertive, opinionated, bold, forward, insolent
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